Luke Lampton M.D.

Luke Lampton

Luke Lampton

Luke Lampton of Magnolia Mississippi is a doctor, author, newspaper publisher, book publisher, board member, literary collector, historian, and professor. He and fellow physician R. Scott Anderson of Meridian have combined forces to start the literary journal, “China Grove.” “This is sort of the dream publication that we wished existed,” Lampton said. “We have talked about doing this for four or five years. Finally we decided, ‘It’s time.’ So here we are.”

Lampton, 47, is a family physician at Magnolia Clinic and Beacham Memorial Community Hospital. He is chairman of the Mississippi State Board of Health and is on the medical faculty at Tulane and William Carey universities, Mississippi College and University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Lampton is publisher of the Magnolia Gazette newspaper as well as several books by Magnolia Gazette Press and China Grove Press. He’s the editor of the Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association. He is the author of “The Genealogy of Mark Twain” and has written for a number of publications. He is president of the Foundation of Mississippi History and past board members of the Mississippi Historical Society, authored a history of Walthall County and owns property in the county’s historic China Grove community, for which the journal is named. He has served boards for the South Pike School District, Mississippi School Board Association, Mississippi School of the Arts Foundation and on the advisory board for the Center for Southern Culture at Ole Miss.

A young Lampton with Shelby Foote at Foote's home in Memphis.

A young Lampton with Shelby Foote at Foote’s home in Memphis.

Lampton has been counted as friend, and sometimes family, by Eudora Welty, Shelby Foote, Walker Percy, Willie Morris and Barry Hannah, and has collected important original writings and photographs to preserve the literary history of the South’s community of writers.


R. Scott Anderson M.D.

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson is a Radiation Oncologist who serves as the Medical Director of Anderson Cancer Center in Meridian, Mississippi. He is a former Navy diver who worked in operations in the Middle East, Central America, and in support of the Navy’s EOD community, SEALS, the US Army’s Green Berets, the Secret Service, and the New York Police Department at various times during his time in the service.

The father of seven has written the family oriented literary columns Una Voce and The Uncommon Thread in the Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association. He has also served the Journal as the Chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board. A collection of his columns was published as, “The Uncommon Thread” in 2012. He has written as screenwriter R. S. Anderson on several feature films, and is the author of the novels “Timedonors Wanted” and “The Hard Times” under the pseudonym Russell Scott.